For this track Qualified, we go to  Jeremiah 17:9,10.

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

This verse is usually used in a negative context. Even though the reality is the promise in this verse can be applied in a positive way. God searches the heart and to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

To understand this better, let’s say you want to apply to college. You really want to go to Stanford, you have a choice but you default to the community college knowing they have to take you. On the other hand, you can apply to Stanford and risk rejection and have the opportunity of being received and accepted, endorsed even by them as worthy of their investment in time. 

When Stanford accepts someone it is because they see that individual as an asset, huge potential they can add to. The same is true of your relationship with God. Remember Moses who decided he was community college material. God decided he was Stanford college material. God came to him with a big assignment only to have Moses reject his plan. And God did grow him up to release him to do significant things.

I propose to you in many cases, God’s view of you can be better than your view of yourself. We need to look at the open doors God puts in front of us. Often they are not ones we desire or looking for but when we stand back and really look at the reality, God has opened doors formally and informally to give us opportunities to minister to individuals and we default to, ‘I don’t know how to deal with this.’

But God knows that and that is why you are here. It is a learning experience. You go to Stanford not because you know it all but to learn some things. He puts us in front of highly challenging people or situations because he is sufficiently impressed with the progress we made in our endless amount of detox of heart, and adrenal, kidneys, our mind.. and that is why he rewards us.

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

The opportunity to be used by him in the kingdom is somewhat a function of the choices we have made. And when we are chosen for a task, it is more about our heart attitude because the cleansing and detox we have done than it is of our knowledge and competency. God values our passion for purity, even when we have not gotten all the way there.

a qualified challenge

I would challenge you to spend some time evaluating the doors and opportunities God has opened for you, formally and informally, structured and unstructured. Acknowledge that he has found you fitting and worthy to some degree. Come into agreement of his evaluation of you. Perhaps God brought them to you as a vote of confidence even though you don’t know what to do yet.

These problems say I have progressed far enough along this journey of detoxing, knowing ht covenant, knowing him and so celebrate his confidence in you even though there is no victory yet.

Set aside the time to look at the opportunities and challenges God has brought to you and convert those into an acknowledgement of his favour. He examines us to reward us according to our conduct, according to what our deeds deserve.

questions to explore

Having listened to this track, Qualified, what are your thoughts and emotions that bubble up? How do you relate to what is being described?

Where are you on this continuum. Are you like Moses arguing with God in his evaluation of you or have you applied for Stanford?

What is a fitting problem that you can reevaluate and make progress in using this track? 


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